evolving digital society

The evolving digital society: concepts, discourses, structures

The digitalisation of society, politics and the economy affects the very foundations of societal life. Which theories and concepts help us to make sense of this transformation? What is the role of discourses in shaping and explaining the digital society? How will society reorganise itself through the deployment of algorithms and artificial intelligence? What are the key (infra)structures of the global digital society?

Research programme I – The evolving digital society

Hence, what distinguishes the digital society? Such fundamental questions pose a challenge for research. Empirical studies only offer answers for very specific parts of the puzzle. Long-term and comprehensive changes are hard to proof and to explain. Furthermore, research has to question whether prevalent concepts and theories are able to capture the current transformations and the emerging digital society.

Within the research programme The Evolving Digital Society we combine the study of these overarching questions in the form of studies, publications and events. Three thematic priorities are guiding this programme:

Concepts

Concepts

Which theories and concepts help us to make sense of this transformation?
Are our concepts of democracy, innovation, regulation and technology still applicable and helpful? During events and in our publication, we address fundamental theories and concepts, check if they are valid in the context of digitalisation and contribute to their development.

Discourse

Discourses

What is the role of discourses in shaping and explaining the digital society?
Discourses do not only reflect change, but take part in it by means of prioritisation, explanation and politicisation. In studies and publications, we analyse which meanings, opportunities and dangers could be ascribed to terms such as “algorithms” and “artificial intelligence”. We ask why metaphors like “cloud” or “platform” are not neutral.

Structures

Structures

How will society re-organise itself economically, politically and technologically? Answering this question, we focus on automatisation and platformisation as the fundamental driving forces of societal change. In various projects, we ask how government action changes through automatisation and which effects platforms have on the organisation of labour.

 

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Publications

Edited Works:

Katzenbach, C., Pentzold, C, Adolf, C., Kannengießer, S., & Taddicken, M. (Eds.) (2018). Neue Komplexitäten für Kommunikationsforschung und Medienanalyse: Analytische Zugänge und empirische Studien. In , . Berlin: Schriftenreihe Digitial Communication Research. Publication details

Pentzold, C., Katzenbach, C., Adolf, M., Kannengießer, S., & Taddicken, M. (2018). Die ‚neueste Kommunikationswissenschaft‘. Gegenstandsdynamik und Methodeninnovation in Kommunikationsforschung und Medienanalyse. In Katzenbach, C., Pentzold, C., Adolf, M., Kannengießer, S., & Taddicken, M. (Eds.), Neue Komplexitäten für Kommunikationsforschung und Medienanalyse: Analytische Zugänge und empirische Studien (pp. 9-22). Berlin: Digital Communication Research. Publication details

Christian Katzenbach (2018). Die Ordnung der Algorithmen. Zur Automatisierung von Relevanz und Regulierung gesellschaftlicher Kommunikation. In R. Mohabbat Kar & B. Thapa, . Berlin: Kompetenzzentrum Öffentliche IT. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2018). EU Democratic legitimacy and Multilevel Constitutionalism in the Digital Age. In F. Masini (Ed.), European Economic Governance and the Future of European Democracy, Rome-Ventotene, August 28-30. i.V.: Publication details

Djeffal, C. (2018). Harnessing Artificial Intelligence the European Way, . . Publication details

Pernice, I. (2018). Coopération jurisprudentielle et la constitution composée de l’Union Européenne. In K. Lenaerts et al. (Eds.), Mélanges à l’honneur d’Antonio Tizzano. i.E.: i.E.. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2018). Stärkung der Demokratie in der digitalen Konstellation. Einführung zur öff. Anhörung des Ausschusses für Verfassungsfragen (AFCO) des Europäischen Parlaments am 25. April 2018 zum Thema: “Globalization Trilemma. How to Reconcile Globalization, Democracy and Welfare – Lessons for the EU. European Parliament: AFCO Hearings. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2018). Stärkung der Demokratie in der Digitalen Konstellation. In M. Ludwigs (Ed.), Festschrift für Matthias Schmidt-Preuss zum 70. Geburtstag. i.E.: Publication details

Celeste, E. (2018). Terms of service and bills of rights: new mechanisms of constitutionalisation in the social media environment? International Review of Law, Computers & Technology. Publication details

Djeffal C. (2018). Normative Leitlinien für Künstliche Intelligenz in Regierung und Verwaltung (Normative Guidelines for AI in Government and Public Administration). In Resa Mohabbat Kar & Basanta Thapa (Eds.), (Un)berechenbar? Algorithmen und Automatisierung in Staat und Gesellschaft (pp. im Erscheinen). Berlin: Fraunhofer Fokus. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2017). Staat 2.0? E-Government, Open Government und das Verhältnis von Staat und Bürger_Innen. In Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, #digidemos. Kongress zu Digitalisierung und Demokratie. Impulssammlung (pp. 12-13). Berlin, Germany: Publication details

Pernice, I. (2017). E-Democracy, the Global Citizen, and Multilevel Constitutionalism. In Prins, C., Cuijpers, C., Lindseth, P.L., Rosina, M. (Eds.), Digital Democracy in a Globalized World (pp. 27-52). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2017). CJEU Jurisprudence and the Audience: Making Law in a Public Discourse – Ten Years after CJEU Case C-144/04 Mangold v Helm. In J. Czukzai, F. Naert (Eds.), The EU as a global actor – bridging legal theory and practice at the turn of the 21st century - Liber Amicorum in honour of Ricardo Gosalbo-Bono (pp. 113-144). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill-Nijhoff. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2017). European Constitutionalism and the Constitutions of the Member States. Implications for Brexit. Boletim da Faculdade de Direito, 93(1), 211-244. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2017). Constituţionalismul european şi constituţiile naţionale ale statelor membre. Implicaţii pentru „Brexit”. Revista Romana de Drept european(3), 60-80. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2017). Editorial: Nationale Wahlen sind Europäische Wahlen. Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht, 441-442. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2017). Brexit – Herausforderung für Europa, Podiumsdiskussion (Sonderveranstaltung des 71. Deutschen Juristentages (zus. mit Sylvie Goulard und Werner Hoyer, moderiert von Reinhard Müller). In Ständige Deputation des Deutschen Juristentages (Ed.), Verhandlungen des 71. Deutschen Juristentages Essen 2016: Sitzungsberichte. Munich, Germany: Beck. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2017). Brexit – Exercise of Democracy or a Challenge to Democracy, Tenth ECLN Conference (Lisbon 2017). In , Publication details

Katzenbach, C. (2017). Die Regeln digitaler Kommunikation. Governance zwischen Norm, Diskurs und Technik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2016). Global Constitutionalism and the Internet: Taking People Seriously. In Hofmann, R. & Kadelbach, S. (Eds.), Law Beyond The State. Pasts and Futures (pp. 151-205). Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2015). Das Völkerrecht des Netzes. Konstitutionelle Elemente eines globalen Rechtsrahmens für das Internet. In Biaggini, G., Diggelmann, O., & Kaufmann, C. (Ed), Polis und Kosmopolis: Festschrift für Daniel Thürer. Zürich/St. Gallen, Switzerland: DIKE/ Nomos. Publication details

Book contributions and chapters:

Pernice, I. (2015). Das Völkerrecht des Netzes. Konstitutionelle Elemente eines globalen Rechtsrahmens für das Internet. In Biaggini, G., Diggelmann, O., & Kaufmann, C. (Ed), Polis und Kosmopolis: Festschrift für Daniel Thürer. Zürich/St. Gallen, Switzerland: DIKE/ Nomos. Publication details

Books:

Katzenbach, C. (2017). Die Regeln digitaler Kommunikation. Governance zwischen Norm, Diskurs und Technik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Publication details

 

Conference contribution and other activities

Activities:

Stärkung der Demokratie in der digitalen Konstellation
Globalization Trilemma. How to Reconcile Globalization, Democracy and Welfare – Lessons for the EU European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO). European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium: 25.04.2018

Ingolf Pernice

Brexit – Exercise of Democracy or a Challenge to Democracy?
10th European Constitutional Law Network . Instituto de Ciências Jurídico-Políticas, Centro de Investigação de Direito Público e a Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, Walter-Hallstein-Institut für Europäisches Verfassungsrecht. Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal: 23.06.2017

Ingolf Pernice


Sonderveranstaltung des 71. Deutschen Juristentages: Brexit – Herausforderung für Europa. Deutscher Juristentag. Grugahalle, Essen, Germany: 15.09.2016

Ingolf Pernice

“We Are on a Mission”. Exploring the Role of Future Imaginaries in the Governing and Making of Digital Technology
27.04.2018. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany (International)

Astrid Mager, Dr., Christian Katzenbach, Prof. Dr.

Die Wiederentdeckung der Technik in der kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Theoriearbeit
Pre-Conference DGPuK 2018: Neue Theorie (in) der Kommunikationswissenschaft . Universität Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany: 09.05.2018

Christian Katzenbach

Demokratie und (Des-)Informationsgesellschaft: Zur Funktion und Verbreitung von Big Data, Fake News und Verschwörungstheorien Projekt „Assessing Big Data“ (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Westfälische Wilhelms- Universität Münster), Doktoradskolleg „Internet and Democracy“ (Universität Salzburg). Universität Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria: 27.04.2018

Kirsten Gollatz

Expertenworkshop: Automatisierte Zensur? Technische Lösungen zur Regulation politischer Online-Kommunikation abida, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Universität Münster. Universität Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria: 26.04.2018

Kirsten Gollatz

Fellow: Edoardo Celeste. Type of affiliation: Fellow. Home Institution: UCD Sutherland School of Law. From: 01.01.2018 to: 30.06.2018Director in Charge: Christian Djeffal

Edoardo Celeste

Fellow: Martin J. Riedl. Type of affiliation: Fellow. Home Institution: University of Texas. From: 01.06.2018 to: 31.08.2018Director in Charge: Kirsten Gollatz, Christian Katzenbach

Martin J. Riedl

Justitia ohne Augenbinde? Staatliches Profiling und Menschenrechte
Trier Gespräche zu Recht und Digitalisierung . Universität Trier. Universität Trier, Campus I, Gebäude E, Trier, Germany: 08.05.2018

Christian Djeffal

Maschinendämmerung. Fragen an eine (nicht mehr zu) ferne Zukunft
Ethik und Künstliche Intelligenz. re:publica. Lichthof des Auswärtigen Amts, Berlin, Germany: 01.06.2018

Christian Djeffal

Modellifizierung und die Industrialisierung der gesellschaftlichen Informationsverarbeitung: Zu den individuellen und gesellschaftlichen Auswirkungen moderner, automationsgestützter Informationsverarbeitung
Kolloquium Sozialwissenschaftliche Theorie . AG Sozialwissenschaftliche Theorie, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg. Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany: 29.05.2018

Jörg Pohle

This Panel May Contain Sensitive Content: Automated Filtering and the Future of Free Expression Online
RightsCon Toronto 2018. access now. Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 17.05.2018

Kirsten Gollatz

The turn to artificial intelligence in governing communication online
20.04.2018. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: AccessNow (International)

Kirsten Gollatz, Christian Katzenbach, Prof. Dr.

Fellow: Mohamad Mova Al’Afghani. Type of affiliation: Fellow. Home Institution: Center for Regulation, Policy and Governance (CRPG). From: 01.10.2018 to: 31.12.2018Director in Charge: Christian Katzenbach

Mohamad Mova Al’Afghani